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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Verducci: Drama of Game 162 never seen before and likely never will again

They will go down as the most thrilling 129 minutes in baseball history. Never before and likely never again—if we even dare to assume anything else can be likely ever again—will baseball captivate and exhilarate on so many fronts in so small a window the way it did September 28, 2011.

Starting at 9:56 PM Eastern, the grand old game, said to suffer by comparison from football’s siren sisters of gambling and violence, and said to suffer from America’s shrinking attention span and capacity to ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, orioles, phillies, rays, red sox, yankees

NYTimes:  Silver:  Bill Buckner Strikes Again

It’s hard to describe just how epic the Red Sox’ collapse was — something on the order of Mr. Buckner’s play multiplied by itself two or three times over….

The following is not mathematically rigorous, since the events of yesterday evening were contingent upon one another in various ways. But just for fun, let’s put all of them together in sequence:

  # The Red Sox had just a 0.3 percent chance of failing to make the playoffs on Sept. 3.
  # The Rays had just a 0.3 percent chance ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2011

Pittsburgh Press, September 29, 1911:

The Detroit Tigers may lose the spectacular “Ty” Cobb.  The Detroit star has been quietly figuring for the past year for a minor league franchise, figuring on being a joint owner, manager and player.  Last night Paul Cobb, right fielder for Lincoln and younger brother of the “Georgia Peach,” wired “Ty” advising the latter to buy the Lincoln franchise in the Western league.

I’ve never shot eighteen under par and I still don’t know where all those balls are, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hall of fame, history, minor leagues, rumors

Papelbon: Moment won’t define my career

Define define, Papelbon voyage.

Moments after allowing two runs in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ season-ending, 4-3 loss to the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards, Jonathan Papelbon talked about the fall-out from blowing the save, and how he will be approaching his future.

“I think this organization is obviously an organization I want to play for,” Papelbon said. “I have to let the offseason dictate that and whatever happens, happens. This isn’t going to define me. You look at some of ...

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Repoz Posted: September 29, 2011 at 09:45 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Loverro: Why punish ‘The Capital Punisher’?

Everybody gets dead lettered. It was Frank Howard’s turn…

It is stunning and embarrassing that Howard has not been part of the Nationals’ organization. There is something purporting to be a statue of Howard on the center-field plaza of Nationals Park. Yet save for the occasion appearance before private groups, the Nationals failed to step up and make Howard part of the organization.

“I would have loved to,” Howard said when asked why he was not part of the Nationals’ organization. “But ...

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Repoz Posted: September 29, 2011 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, nationals

SI.com: Hitless in last 46 at-bats, Velez sets dubious mark

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez has broken a modern-day major league record for a non-pitcher by going hitless in his final 46 at-bats.

Velez grounded out to second as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the regular-season finale Wednesday night. He broke the record of 45 straight at-bats that belonged to Pittsburgh’s Bill Bergen (1909), Dave Campbell of San Diego and St. Louis (1973) and Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell this season.

NTNgod Posted: September 29, 2011 at 07:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

ESPN: Evan Longoria homers in 12th as Rays storm into postseason

It’s over!

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the AL wild card with a stunning rally Wednesday night, overcoming a late seven-run deficit and then beating the New York Yankees 8-7 on Evan Longoria’s home run in the 12th inning.

The Rays’ win came four minutes after Boston blew a one-run lead in the ninth at Baltimore and lost 4-3. The Red Sox, who held a nine-game lead over the Rays in early September, and Tampa Bay began the final day of the regular season tied for the wild card.

NTNgod Posted: September 29, 2011 at 04:22 AM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rays

MLB.com: Go Wild, folks: Cards headed to the postseason

The Cardinals have won the National League Wild Card.

As the Braves and Phillies played a cliffhanger, Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals did their part at Minute Maid Park. Carpenter dominated the Astros and his offense gave him five runs before he even took the mound in a 8-0 drubbing of Houston. Atlanta then lost, 4-3, to Philadelphia in 13 innings to give St. Louis the Wild Card.

NTNgod Posted: September 29, 2011 at 03:49 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Former Dodger Milton Bradley Arrested Again

The checkered game of Milton Bradley’s life contines…

Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was free on $30,000 bail Wednesday after being arrested in Encino on suspicion of felony battery, according to City News Service.

Bradley, 33, was booked at the Van Nuys jail following his arrest at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sheriff’s Department records. He was released on bail about eight hours later, and was tentatively scheduled to appear in court in Van Nuys on Oct. 18.

Los ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Biz of Baseball: Analysis: Frank McCourt’s Blood-Bath with Major League Baseball

Adds Maury…“Just in time for Halloween. Starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta.”

So the “fishing” expedition is really saber-rattling. For one, it’s not just MLB that McCourt is trying to put on trial, it’s all sports leagues that have their own rules that they apply to clubs. Why not have McCourt go after the NFL, or NBA, or NHL? Where does it stop? The court has to remember the precedent that would be set with such a ruling.

But, that doesn’t mean McCourt isn’t going to lawyer ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

BPP: Putterman: Undeserving Hall of Famers

Putterman here is the world’s foremost appraiser of vintage HOF’s…

Every once in a while a career WAR total seems completely counterintuitive. This list features both players whose WAR is surprisingly high and players whose WAR is surprisingly low. Amos Rusie is statistically one of the most baffling players in Cooperstown. Rusie, both standout pitcher and mediocre outfielder in the late 19th century, was alternately impressive and underwhelming throughout a ten-season career on the mound. So ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:02 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

TRACER: Bill Veeck’s Satchel Paige vs Joe Dimaggio anecdote

Bill Veeck was known for telling some wonderful tales and so I decided to see if one of his tales was actually true.

Joe Dimaggio had trouble hitting Satchel Paige, partly-I suppose-because Satch made him wait. Satch once committed the ultimate insult of walking a man deliberately to get at Joe, and then getting Joe to pop out. It was DiMaggio’s temperament to be a solid professional, to show no emotion, but you knew that Joe burned inwardly at the gratuitous slap and was hurting to get back ...

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McCoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, cardinals, hall of fame, history, indians, negro leagues, orioles, yankees

Trib: Mercy! Sox extend Harrelson through 2015

You can put him in the booth, YES!

Chicago White Sox fans will be treated to four more years of “He Gone” and “Mercy!” after announcing Wednesday that television play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson agreed to a four-year extension through 2015.

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, television, white sox

Jose Reyes Might Have Won The Batting Title ...

... yet the Mets still figured out a way to make a PR mess out of it. Reyes bunted for a single in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. The crowd went nuts. Then he was pulled for a pinch-runner in what might be his final game as a Met… Instead of leaving to cheers, the crowd boos the move.

Frozen heads are exploding as we speak.

The District Attorney Posted: September 28, 2011 at 05:44 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leagues

Posnanski: Two Ways To Look At MVP Voting

Anyway, Tom Tango has a little different take on the MVP. His feeling is that if you put everyone from 2011 into a draft, the No. 1 player selected should be the MVP. Now, we’re talking about a real draft here—not a fantasy league draft. I suspect many readers here have played Strat-o-Matic or APBA baseball or something like that. So imagine every season from 2011 was available in card form. But include all you want—leadership, hustle, whatever qualities you want. You can’t game the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: general

The Atlantic: The Many Problems With ‘Moneyball’

What’s next, that Willie Mays Hays didn’t really steal 100 bases in 1989?

The real problem with Moneyball, however, is not Lewis’s failure to understand baseball history. It’s his failure to see what was going on right in front of his and Beane’s eyes in 2002. In their book, The Beauty of Short Hops: How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball, Sheldon Hirsch and Alan Hirsch point out perhaps the biggest hole in Lewis’s analysis. They write that Moneyball

distorts ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 04:18 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, baseball geeks, media

Diamondbacks Pull Miracle Win vs. Dodgers in the 10th

Yes, that was a Kirk Gibson-esque fist pump that Ryan Roberts broke out as he rounded the bases late Tuesday night at Chase Field.


And yes, it just so happened to come against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team Gibson played for when he made it famous for his fist-pumping home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Perhaps it was only fitting. For as improbable as the Dodgers’ run was that year to the World Series, so is this amazing, magical ride that keeps cruising along for the underdog ...

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shoewizard Posted: September 28, 2011 at 03:06 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, dodgers

Games 162 Game Chatter

Let’s smash all the game 162 game chatters into one thread, shall we? There is a full slate of games, but as far as playoff races are concerned, these are the games that matter (although if you want to talk about any of the other games for any reason, feel free).

Red Sox (Lester) vs. Orioles (Simon) at 7:05 PM
Yankees (TBD- no, seriously, TBD) vs. Rays (Price) at 7:10 PM
Phillies (Blanton) vs. Braves (Hudson) at 7:10 PM
Cardinals (Carpenter) vs. Astros (Myers) at 8:05 PM

Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM | 1763 comment(s)
  Beats: community, game recaps, special topics

O’Connell: Can Jeter finish the year at .300?

Look! Shiny, magical double zeros! There’s no reasoning…you’ve lost.

Derek Jeter was not in the starting lineup Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. It was likely his last day off for the season. The Captain is expected to start Wednesday night in the regular season finale and continue his pursuit to a .300 batting average.

Jeet is batting .298 in 543 at-bats. He would need to go 2-for-4 to finish the season at .300. If he goes 1-for-3 or 2-for-5, he would finish at .299. Now here’s a ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Why Joe Biden is rooting for the Red Sox

Where’s Clint Hill Eastwood when you need him!

Vice President Joe Biden was in Boston yesterday and talked about why he was rooting for the Red Sox.

Here’s the anecdote from the Globe’s Shira Schoenberg on our Political Intelligence blog:

  Biden said his lead Secret Service man is from Boston. Before his plane landed, Biden said, “I said everyone bow their head. We’re going to say a prayer that Boston wins the wild card spot. ... I’m worried if in fact they don’t, he’s going to ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:57 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Don Malcolm: MELKY AND STARLIN

Can they pass the Malcolm capric acid test?

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Melky, however, is a player who has been suspect ever since he first came up to the majors. It probably didn’t help that the team was the Yankees, who despite their success with a series of preternaturally long-lived homegrown players who’ve helped fuel their protracted dominance (Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams) are a team that likes to spread the large-size bills around—if only to remind you that there’s ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, projections, royals, sabermetrics

Baseball stats pioneer Bill James says ‘Moneyball’ hits it out of the park

“I am a hero who never fails;
I cannot be bothered with such details.”

“I write to hard-core baseball fans,” James said. “Anybody else is an interloper. That’s part of what defines my books: the decision to write to the hardest-core, most knowledgeable baseball fans, assuming that the reader starts with a deep knowledge of the game. I’ve never tried to write to the casual fan.”

So it’s a wonder sabermetrics can be the basis for a Hollywood movie.

“The people who made the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, sabermetrics

SF Gate: Bruce Jenkins on the Giants’ season

Dreamer’s Holiday: Fixing the Giants…the Jenkins way.

Looking ahead to the Giants’ offseason and how they can resume supremacy in the NL West:

—The major free-agent targets - Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Jose Reyes - are out of reach. Take an early run at Carlos Beltran, assuring him the lineup will strengthen, and if he has his doubts, forget it; he won’t be worth signing. See if Jimmy Rollins really wants to leave Philadelphia (he’d be perfect as the leadoff hitter and shortstop). And ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, projections

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2011

Tigers right fielder Davy Jones on manager Hughie Jennings, via the September 28, 1911 edition of the Pittsburgh Press:

It isn’t management that has lost the pennant to Detroit.  It is the hard luck the team has played in.

...

There is only one player on the entire team who will fight for Jennings, and that is Cobb.

...

In the last Philadelphia series in Detroit, Willett was rushed into the box.  As he left the bench Jennings bawled out: “Now you big stiff, go in there and show something!”  ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:35 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tigers

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fielder’s 3 homers blast Brewers past Pirates

Prince Fielder slugged three home runs, becoming the third Brewers player to pull a hat trick in a game this season, driving in all but one of the team’s runs to spark a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on the same night the team broke 3 million in attendance.
...
They helped tie the franchise record for victories with 95 - the 1979 and ‘82 teams also accomplished the feat…

NTNgod Posted: September 28, 2011 at 06:03 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, game recaps

LA Times: Fox Sports sues Dodgers, trying to halt TV rights sale

Another day, another Dodgers-related filing…

Fox Sports filed suit against the Dodgers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Tuesday, alleging the team has breached its current television contract in pursuit of a new one.
...
The suit asks that the court reject any such sale except in accordance with the current contract, under which Fox retains exclusive negotiating rights through November 2012 as well as the right to match any other offer. The auction process proposed by McCourt and his attorneys ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 28, 2011 at 05:07 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, media

NL Wildcard race: September 27, 2011

ATL 89-72 [9-17 in SEPT]
STL 89-72 [17-8 in SEPT]

MLB.com: Braves fall to Phillies, drop into Wild Card tie

With Lowe unable to halt his recent woes and the offense showing few signs of life at Turner Field on Tuesday night, the Braves endured a 7-1 loss to the Phillies, then faced the fact that there might not be a postseason spot reserved for them.

“It’s like we’re living out a bad dream,” third baseman Chipper Jones said. “You really never expect this to happen to you, but there are a lot ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 28, 2011 at 03:52 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, game recaps

AL Wildcard race: September 27, 2011

BOS 90-71 [7-19 in SEPT]
TBR 90-71 [16-10 in SEPT]

MLB.com: Behind Lavarnway, Sox keep pace with Rays

Ryan Lavarnway, with a big bat and catching skills that are still in the developmental phase, is considered to be an important part of the future for the Red Sox. But nobody could have imagined just how much he would contribute to the current state of affairs when he was thrust into the lineup on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

With the season on the line, and regular catchers Jarrod ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 28, 2011 at 02:45 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rays, red sox

Yahoo: Rays turn triple play

The Tampa Bay Rays have turned the third triple play in team history.

The Rays accomplished the feat in the sixth inning Tuesday night while trailing 3-2 on a grounder by the Yankees’ Russell Martin.

Martin hit a groundball off Jeremy Hellickson to Evan Longoria, who was perfectly positioned near third base. After Longoria stepped on the bag, he threw to second baseman Ben Zobrist for the second out. Zobrist’s throw to first retired Martin, who dived head first into the base.

NTNgod Posted: September 28, 2011 at 01:23 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rays, yankees

NYT: Parts of Suit Against Mets Owners Are Dismissed

United States District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff let stand the trustee’s claim that the team’s owners were willfully blind to warnings that Madoff was possibly engaged in a fraud during their many years of investing with him and seemed to clear the way for the trustee, Irving H. Picard, to force the men to return the profits they earned from their investments with Madoff.

But as a consequence of Rakoff’s ruling - a complex decision involving bankruptcy and securities law - the trustee at most ...

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bobm Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:21 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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